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RIF: Nominations are open

2017 Nonprofit Best Practice Awards »

Sponsored by Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island

We are excited to announce that nominations are now open for the 2017 Nonprofit Best Practice Awards!

With Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island, the Rhode Island Foundation's Initiative for Nonprofit Excellence once again will honor Rhode Island nonprofit organizations doing outstanding work in the sector.

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HUD: Awards $127 Million To Protect Children and Families From Dangerous Lead and Other Home Hazards

Funding to make low-income housing safer and healthier

WASHINGTON - In a continuous effort to keep families and their children safe from lead-based paint and other home health and safety hazards, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today awarded more than $127 million to 48 state and local government agencies (see chart below).

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Providence Journal: $11.2M housing project in Pawtucket a cause to celebrate

By Christine Dunn

Journal Staff Writer

PAWTUCKET, R.I. — By the end of July, it will be an active construction site. But on Saturday afternoon, the corner of East and Branch streets was the scene of a neighborhood block party organized by Pawtucket Central Falls Development.

Balloons, face painting and games for children were all part of the fun, along with music and food. About 100 people attended the event.

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Enterprise Community Partners: Community Developments

June 22, 2017

Last week, Senators Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Tim Scott (R-S.C.) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) introduced the Family Self Sufficiency Act, which would streamline and improve HUD’s Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) program. This HUD program enables families living in public housing or using Housing Choice Vouchers to access workforce training and other resources to pursue higher-paying employment opportunities. (Senator Roy Blunt, June 13)

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U.S. Census Bureau: The Nation’s Older Population Is Still Growing, Census Bureau Reports

The Nation’s Population Is Becoming More Diverse The Nation's Median Age Continues to Rise

JUNE 22, 2017 — The nation’s population has a distinctly older age profile than it did 16 years ago, according to new U.S. Census Bureau population estimates released today.

New detailed estimates show the nation’s median age — the age where half of the population is younger and the other half older — rose from 35.3 years on April 1, 2000, to 37.9 years on July 1, 2016.

“The baby-boom generation is largely responsible for this trend,” said Peter Borsella, a demographer in the Population Division. “Baby boomers began turning 65 in 2011 and will continue to do so for many years to come.”

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Pratt Center Research: Making Room for Housing and Jobs

REPORT | MAY 4, 2015

Making Room for Housing and Jobs examines how rezoning industrial areas to provide space for housing may actually undermine housing affordability if high-wage industrial jobs are replaced with low-wage jobs in retailing and neighborhood services. To avoid pitting housing against jobs, the study recommends the creation of Industrial Employment Districts, a new type of zoning that would strengthen existing Industrial Business Zones (IBZs). Reducing real estate speculation and allowing greater industrial density in solid industrial areas would give business owners the security they need to invest in new technologies that improve competitiveness, create jobs and promote climate resiliency.

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The Valley Breeze: Homelessness on the rise as rents climb

One city elementary school trying to help its 11 homeless families

By ETHAN SHOREY, Valley Breeze Managing Editor

PAWTUCKET – Three years ago, staff at Cunningham Elementary School knew of just one homeless family at the school. Last year, that number grew to five families. This year? Cunningham is home to students from 11 homeless families.

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NeighborWorks America: New Northeast Regional Vice President

It gives me great pleasure to announce the appointment of Joan Straussman Brandon as Regional Vice President, Northeast Region for NeighborWorks America.

Joan Straussman Brandon, new regional VP of NeighborWorks America's northeast region Joan will oversee NeighborWorks America's operations in a 10-state area from Maine to Delaware, as well as Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. She will support the important work of the region's 70 network member organizations as well as direct our local partnership and collaboration efforts. Joan will lead an experienced team of 13 professionals from offices in New York City and Boston who are actively engaged with our network members in their communities.

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Providence Journal: Arts group describes plans for Providence’s Wedding Cake House

By Christine Dunn

Journal Staff Writer

The Dirt Palace feminist arts collaborative plans “to transform this important property into an artist-in-residence hub as well as a bed and breakfast for arts/culture tourists and researchers,” according to the West Broadway Neighborhood Association.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Two artists from the Dirt Palace feminist arts collaborative in Olneyville say they hope to complete renovations at the Wedding Cake House at 514 Broadway within 18 months.

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Providence Journal: Protesters: R.I. Housing aid should go to the poorest

By Christine Dunn

Journal Staff Writer

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A group of about 10 people from the Tenant and Homeowner Association of DARE (Direct Action for Rights and Equality) came to protest at Thursday’s meeting of the Rhode Island Housing Board of Commissioners, but the group was welcomed into the meeting and invited to address members.

The DARE group said limited resources for housing assistance should be targeted to the lowest-income residents of Rhode Island, instead of being used to support others making near or above the area median income.

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